New Building Opens For Health Clinic Brooklyn Park Project A Long Time Coming

October 01, 1990|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff writer

A month after Quenetta Robinson was born, the staff at the Brooklyn Park Health Clinic diagnosed her with club foot and began treating the 6-month-old Glen Burnie resident.

"I'm very happy with the clinic," said Cheryl Robinson, Quenetta's mother. "They have a lot of services there and all three of my children have used it. The staff is very friendly and ready to help."

County officials gathered yesterday at the clinic at 300 Hammonds Lane to celebrate the completion of the $150,000 project.

"It's super," said County Councilman Theodore J. Sophocleus, D-Linthicum, a candidate for county executive. "The community kept the dream alive when they lost the room in the school in 1987."

Three years ago, the clinic was forced out of Brooklyn Park Junior-Senior High School because of renovations. From 1987 until late 1989, when the staff moved into the present building, the clinic was run out of Brooklyn United Methodist Church and Northeast Health Center.

The clinic provides health services for everyone, including those who don't have health insurance or can't afford to go to a doctor in private practice.

"No one is turned away for inability to pay," said Darryl Scarborough, the clinic's head nurse. "Fees are determined on a sliding scale."

The center has three registered nurses, one aide and a secretary, he said. In addition, the center will soon offer a home health team made up of two nurses and one aide who will be able to provide care for people in their homes. All staffers are County Health Department employees.

"They can provide skilled nursing care and physical therapy for people who are home-bound," he said.

The clinic offers several services including cancer screening, child health care, flu clinics, dental clinics and family planning services.

Students from the Center of Applied Technology North in Severn built the center after Sophocleus obtained the $150,000 grant.

Phase one of the work began at the school in September 1988. It was completed and moved to Brooklyn Park in May 1989.

Work on phase two of the project began in September 1989, with nearly 100 students working on the project. The students, most of whom were 11th-graders, did the work as part of advanced-level classes at the school.

"We have found this to be a very rewarding project," said John Hammond, vice principal of the school. "These young people go out from schools and take their trade with them to make a good living. This has been a good hands-on experience."

The Brooklyn Health Association, a volunteer group formed in 1948, held bake sales, raffles, dances and went door-to-door throughout the community to raise funds for the center when it first began in the Brooklyn Park Junior-Senior High School.

The association's president, Leonard Zeitschel, said the group will continue to work with the center's staff to maintain the building.

The center will be having a flu clinic Nov. 1 from 9-11 a.m. For information about flu shots, call the clinic at 222-6620.

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